The Beach Boys have announced plans to reform for their 50th anniversary.
Founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine are planning a new studio album and a 50-date international tour next April with Bruce Johnston and David Marks.
No official tour dates have been announced yet but they will appear as one of the headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place from April 27 to May 6, 2012.
The band will also spotlight the band’s entire catalog, with several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.
Brian Wilson said of the reunion:
This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.
Mike Love added: “We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded ‘Do It Again.’ Brian and I wrote that song which went to Number One in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. Brian paid me a compliment saying, ‘How can a guy sound that great so many years later?’
“Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment.
“Music has been the unifying and harmonising fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to do it again? Absolutely!”
The band first formed in 1961 and enjoyed huge success throughout this period.
Brian Wilson last performed with The Beach Boys during the making of their 1996 album ‘Stars And Stripes Vol.1’ and has toured as a solo artist since.
He hinted earlier this year that he wanted to reform with the surviving members. Two former founding members Dennis and Carl Wilson died in 1983 and 1998.